The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP): A Model for Pre-Employment Preparation

PCWCP Program Participants

University of Louisville students prepare for the challenging and rewarding work of child protection through the Public Child Welfare Certification Program. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) has been implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and eleven university undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in Kentucky. The goal of this program is to fill the ranks of Child Welfare Workers with the most competent and well-trained workers who can provide high quality services immediately following employment. The Cabinet has partnered with the Universities to offer Bachelor Social Work juniors and seniors their academic program in conjunction with participating in the Cabinet's child welfare training curricula prior to graduation. These students are provided instate tuition, a stipend and must complete a two-year employment commitment with the Cabinet upon successful completion of the program.

Students wishing to apply to the Public Child Welfare Certification Program should contact the PCWCP Site University of Louisville Coordinator:


Lisa Barrett
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Louisville KY, 40292